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Stony Brook’s Taber Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Diversity

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Stony Brook’s Taber Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Diversity

Charles Taber, PhD

STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 3, 2017 — Stony Brook University’s Charles Taber, PhD, received the 2017 “Giving Back Award,” from
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
. Taber, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School is also a professor of Political Science at Stony Brook.  

The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities. Dr. Taber will be featured in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The magazine is the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

“Chuck Taber’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity encompasses and benefits the entire Stony Brook community,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “He is a driving force in supporting the University’s efforts to recruit, retain and support underrepresented students, faculty and staff. This national recognition is a well-deserved tribute.”

A faculty member in Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University since 1989, Taber was appointed Dean of the Graduate School in 2013, and in 2014 was named Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. He has served as undergraduate director and graduate director for the department of political science, as chair of the University Graduate Council, chair of the President’s Task Force on Graduate and Professional Student Housing, chair of the Provost’s Task Force on Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship, chair of the University Senate Subcommittee on the Masters Initiative, and co-chair of the Provost’s Task Force on Academic Assessment, in addition to a variety of other committee memberships.  

“We are tremendously proud of Chuck Taber’s Giving Back Award, a testament to his remarkable work in promoting diversity in all facets of our University system,” said Michael A. Bernstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Chuck’s exceptional leadership has helped to make Stony Brook a more inclusive and welcoming community. We congratulate Chuck on this well-earned honor for his invaluable contributions.”

 Taber received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1991, and is a leading scholar in the fields of political psychology and computational modeling, with over 50 professional publications. He has been a pioneer in the use of computational modeling in political science, publishing the first article using this method in a major political science journal (American Political Science Review, 1992) as well as a widely-used text for computational modeling in the social sciences (Computational Modeling, Sage, 1996). He also received nine research grants from the National Science Foundation, has edited the journal, Political Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading political science journals. Chuck’s most recent book, “The Rationalizing Voter,” co-authored with Milton Lodge, won three national awards for best book of 2013.

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to ‘give back’ to others,” said Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

Note for Local Editors: 

Charles Taber resides in Centerport, NY

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